Coronavirus crisis: Angela Merkel sees a glimmer of hope

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Coronavirus crisis: Angela Merkel sees a glimmer of hope





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Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that it has been “quite well” so far not to overload the health care system in Germany. She said that, according to participants in a special faction meeting.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has drawn a positive interim assessment of the restrictions on citizens in the corona crisis. There is a “glimmer of hope”, said Merkel, according to participants in a special video conference of the Union group on the situation in the fight against the corona crisis. The Federal Government’s standard of action was not to overload the healthcare system. The Chancellor was quoted as having done so well so far.

It now takes longer for the number of infected to double, Merkel said after this information. The Chancellor had previously indicated that changes and possibly weakening of the measures could be discussed as soon as the phases of the doubling became longer.

At the same time, Merkel made it clear in the parliamentary group meeting that citizens in Germany had to prepare to live with the corona pandemic. Individual protection instruments would also have to be used in the future. It is clear that there will be a gradual approach.

Further steps are to be discussed after Easter

According to this information, Merkel referred to her planned consultations with the Prime Ministers after Easter, on April 15 and 19. Then we will discuss how to deal with the restrictions that have been decided. In view of the difficult negotiations by the euro finance ministers over a large rescue package, the chancellor said that it was a test of Europe. Solidarity must be shown.

The parliamentary group met for the first time in the times of the corona crisis via video. In addition to Merkel, health minister Jens Spahn, economics minister Peter Altmaier and agriculture minister Julia KlOckner should also assess the current situation.

Some prime ministers are already publicly considering how to remove the strict ban on contacts. Bavarias Prime Minister Markus SOder (CSU), for example, advocated paying attention to regional peculiarities. However, “as much as possible should happen together,” he told the dpa news agency. “Unfortunately, individual countries are already leaving now. But we should keep a line in Germany.”

Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil also advocates a procedure that is as uniform as possible. There are very different situations in the countries – for example with regard to the number of infections, the SPD politician told ZDF. Nevertheless, it would be very helpful if the countries “took the same step in the same direction, so that there was no confusion”.

NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) is already advocating cautiously returning to a “responsible normality” after Easter. “It will be nothing like before,” said Laschet. “But as much as possible of our freedoms will emerge again – with new consideration, new responsibility and at a distance.” The easing would go “not at one go”. “But I am convinced that we should try this after Easter.”

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